Hello there my furry and human friends! This past week I had the pawesome opportunity to virtually lecture at my local university and I got to speak about a topic that is close to my heart. Adoption. For those of you that may not know, I used to be one of the adoptable pups from Griffin Pond Animal Shelter and when I met my human it changed my life along with some other pups in the office. Check out our stories!
No one wanted me because I was a “runt,” so I was the last lil pug left in a litter of puggies. I had to watch all my brothers and sisters go to their furever homes one by one. I was only there for 24 hrs and it made me so sad! Finally, my human Jamie came and found me and we’ve been best buds ever since. I can’t stand it when she’s not around, I start to make sad sounds!
I was a stray for a good part of my life, but I was ok with people. I had some training and my new human lady found me and took me off the streets and I felt like a new dog! I started feeling like myself again and not so scared – I could be comfortable and safe in a house.
I was previously living in an abusive home, my owner didn’t like me much. I moved around a lot – I had 4 homes before I was a year old. Finally, Dennis and his family took me in and I quickly bonded with Dennis. They tell me I became his “therapy dog” because I’m full of energy and help keep him active with his Wobbler’s Syndrome, which can be discouraging for him sometimes. I’m so happy I found my furever home and met Dennis!
Hi there I’m Mars! You may know me as the sleepy bagel or the dachshund that barks at you after you leave (sorry I’m trying to protect my human and I’m a wise boy). This past week our goodest boys and best girls had our monthly obedience training today, directed by yours truly.
Hello and welcome to Posture’s VideoQ&A: Heir to The Sleigh Edition! Today we’re chatting with Sal and Charles about our interactive holiday video, Heir to the Sleigh. Join us for an inside look at the creative process and technical organization that is required for a successful interactive video project.
What was your initial reaction to the idea of an interactive video?
Sal: I knew this was a cool idea from the start! It’s not like any traditional narratives we had done in the past. When you start to make it interactive (similar to the movie Bandersnatch) and add branching paths into the mix, the project starts to get more exciting.
How did you organize such a content-heavy project?
Sal: Once the script came together we immediately started taking all that information and putting it into a visual flowchart (as shown). The chart was very handy on production day!
What were some of the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?
Charles: A challenge we faced was developing the right solution for the user experience without sacrificing our vision for the video. We found a few services that did what we were trying to accomplish, but they were for much larger projects. Luckily, our awesome development team was able to save the day with a semi-custom solution.
Sal: Another challenge was our limited time window to shoot all the video content for the project in just one day. So, we decided to keep the execution of the shoot as simple as possible!
Tell us about the editing process and how user decisions influenced the story.
Charles: It was very segmented and organized. Every path had to be siloed to keep our organization and each scene was given its own sequence. An important thing we had to keep in mind with any large video project is quality control. For example, if we do a color correction to one iteration of a clip we have to be sure we’re keeping that color consistent throughout any scenes whenever that shot is used.
Was there anything you would have done differently?
Charles: I try to not look at a project like this as ever completely ‘done’, there’s always improvements that can be made, and keeping it open in my mind can set you up for success.
Sal: The obvious answer is “more time for pre-production”. In a perfect world, every project would have exactly the amount of time needed to plan everything out but that isn’t always the case.
Charles: I agree, but it was still exciting for us to push the limit on something like this!
What would you tell someone interested in video production?
Start yesterday! Your first video won’t be perfect; mine definitely wasn’t. But use whatever tools you’ve got at your disposal, even if it’s just your phone, and get creative! Start assembling a crew of collaborators, friends, supporters, and people who bring out the best in you, mentally and creatively. A lot of cool stuff can come from a group of inspired creators!
To anyone who has an interest in video production learn from everyone, everywhere! There are so many differing opinions on everything, so listen to people’s production stories, they can teach you a lot.